Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023

Course Description

How do inequalities of power and wealth influence both the drivers and consequences of environmental change processes? We will explore the relationship between social inequalities, environment, and power. We will also look at how race, class, and gender are relevant categories for analyzing environmental change and conflict and consider how those categories intersect. We will also discuss about the relationship shared by the local communities and their environment. How are people and environment connected to local and global social, economic, and political processes. What are the responses of the local communities to save their environment and naturalresources from capitalist forces? We will be exploring several case studies throughout the semesterto discuss the relationship between environment, technologies, knowledge, discourse and narratives and their role in shaping environmental movements and policies. The aim of this course is to strengthen and expand students’ sociological understanding of environmental change and of the relevance of social inequality, power, and politics for producing or shaping nature and environment issues by engaging different theoretical, conceptual, and methodological trends and debates. In doing so, the course will seek to develop students’ capacityfor critical thinking and independent analysis through an investigation of the politics and linkagesbetween local, national, and global levels of environmental governance.